October 2, 1980 - Phillies 4, Chicago 2

This was the last home game of the regular season for the Phillies. To better their chances of playing home games in the playoffs, the Phils had to win this game against the Cubs. If they won, they went to Montreal tied with the Expos, and a best-of-three to claim the division crown. Lose, and the Phils would have to win two of three just to extend the season by one game, and win that game to advance to the playoffs. And for this most important game, Dallas Green started young Bob Walk, who had struggled in many of his recent outings. In this pressure game, however, Walk came up huge. He pitched 7-1/3 innings and gave up just one earned run in earning his eleventh win of the season. He got offense from Mike Schmidt (46th home run. 2 runs, 1 RBI), Keith Moreland (game-winning RBI in the seventh) and Greg Gross, who knocked in a run as a defensive replacement for Greg Luzinski. As stated earlier, the win pulled the Phils even with Montreal, and the two teams would go to battle in Canada with the NL East title at stake.

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NL East Standings after games of October 2, 1980

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct.

GB

Expos

89

70

.560

-

Phillies

89

70

.560

-

Pirates

81

78

.509

8

Cardinals

72

87

.453

17

Mets

66

93

.415

23

Cubs

63

96

.396

26

Boxscore: Phillies 4, Cubs 2

Chicago

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

-

2

Phillies

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

X

-

4

 

Chicago

AB

R

H

RBI

DeJesus, SS

3

1

1

0

Dillard, 3B

3

0

0

0

Buckner, 1B

4

0

3

1

Biittner, RF

4

0

1

0

Sutter, P

0

0

0

0

Martin, CF-RF

4

1

0

0

Tracy, LF

3

0

1

0

Vail, PH

1

0

1

1

Tyson, 2B

2

0

1

0

Figueroa, PH

1

0

0

0

Kelleher, 2B

0

0

0

0

Kingman, PH

1

0

0

0

O'Berry, C

3

0

0

0

Johnson, PH

1

0

0

0

Martz, P

2

0

0

0

Thompson, PH

1

0

0

0

Caudill, P

0

0

0

0

Lezcano, CF

1

0

0

0

TOTALS

34

2

8

2

 

Chicago

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Martz

6

4

1

1

0

1

Caudill (L, 4-6)

1.1

3

2

1

0

0

Sutter

0.2

1

1

0

0

2

 

Phillies

AB

R

H

RBI

Rose, 1B

4

1

1

0

McBride, RF

4

0

1

0

Schmidt, 3B

4

2

1

1

Luzinski, LF

3

0

0

0

Gross, LF

1

0

1

1

Unser, CF

4

1

1

0

Moreland, C

3

0

1

1

Trillo, 2B

3

0

0

0

Bowa, SS

3

0

2

0

McGraw, P

0

0

0

0

Walk, P

1

0

0

0

Aviles, SS

1

0

0

0

TOTALS

31

4

8

3

 

Phillies

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Walk (W, 11-7)

7.1

7

1

1

2

7

McGraw (S, 19)

1.2

1

1

0

0

1

 

Game-winning RBI- Moreland.

E- Dillard (12), Tracy (2), Schmidt (27). DP- Chicago 1, Philadelphia 2. 2B- Vail (17), Unser (5). 3B- Tyson (3), Tracy (3). HR- Schmidt (46). SB- DeJesus (44). SH- Walk (7). WP- Sutter (2). T- 2:27. A- 23,806.

 

Final Totals

R

H

E

LOB

Cubs

2

8

2

7

Phillies

4

8

1

4

 

Starting Lineups

Chicago Cubs

 

Philadelphia Phillies

DeJesus SS

1

Rose 1B

Dillard 3B

2

McBride RF

Buckner 1B

3

Schmidt 3B

Biittner LF

4

Luzinski LF

Martin CF

5

Unser CF

Tracy LF

6

Moreland C

Tyson 2B

7

Trillo 2B

O'Berry C

8

Bowa SS

Martz P

9

Walk P

Game Summary

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CUBS 1ST: DeJesus walked; DeJesus stole second; Dillard struck out; Buckner singled to center [DeJesus scored]; Biittner popped to third in foul territory; Martin lined to center; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 1ST: Rose lined to third; McBride grounded out (shortstop to first); Schmidt made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

CUBS 2ND: Tracy grounded out (second to first); Tyson tripled to right; O'Berry popped to shortstop; Martz struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Luzinski struck out; Unser lined to center; Moreland made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

CUBS 3RD: DeJesus made an out to center; Dillard lined to right; Buckner lined to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Trillo lined to center; Bowa singled to center; Walk made an out to pitcher [Bowa to second]; Rose grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

CUBS 4TH: Biittner singled to center; Martin lined to third; Tracy struck out; Tyson struck out (catcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: McBride made an out to left; Schmidt homered; Luzinski grounded out (third to first); Unser grounded out (second to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 1.

 

CUBS 5TH: O'Berry struck out; Martz struck out; DeJesus singled to center; Dillard grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 1.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Moreland popped to shortstop; Trillo made an out to left; Bowa singled to center; Walk popped to second; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 1.

 

CUBS 6TH: Buckner singled to first; Biittner made an out to center; Martin grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Buckner out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 1.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Rose lined to left; McBride singled to right; Schmidt grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [McBride out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 1.

 

CUBS 7TH: Tracy tripled to center; FIGUEROA BATTED FOR TYSON; Figueroa grounded out (pitcher unassisted); O'Berry struck out; THOMPSON BATTED FOR MARTZ; Thompson made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 1.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: CAUDILL REPLACED THOMPSON (PITCHING); KELLEHER REPLACED FIGUEROA (PLAYING 2B); Luzinski lined to center; Unser doubled to left; Moreland singled to center [Unser scored]; Trillo lined to center; Bowa forced Moreland (second to shortstop); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 2.

 

CUBS 8TH: GROSS REPLACED LUZINSKI (PLAYING LF); DeJesus grounded out (shortstop to first); Dillard walked; Buckner singled to center [Dillard to second]; MCGRAW REPLACED BOWA (PITCHING); AVILES REPLACED WALK (PLAYING SS); Biittner grounded into a double play (third to second to first) [Buckner out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: Aviles popped to shortstop; Rose singled to center; SUTTER REPLACED BIITTNER (PITCHING); LEZCANO REPLACED CAUDILL (PLAYING CF); MARTIN CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING RF); McBride struck out; Schmidt reached on an error by Dillard [Rose scored (unearned), Schmidt to second]; Gross singled to left [Schmidt scored (unearned) (error by Tracy), Gross to second (error by Tracy)]; Sutter threw a wild pitch [Gross to third]; Unser struck out; 2 R, 2 H, 2 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 1, Phillies 4.

 

CUBS 9TH: Martin reached on an error by Schmidt [Martin to first]; VAIL BATTED FOR TRACY; Vail doubled to left [Martin scored (unearned)]; KINGMAN BATTED FOR KELLEHER; Kingman grounded out (third to first); JOHNSON BATTED FOR O'BERRY; Johnson made an out to center; Lezcano struck out; 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Cubs 2, Phillies 4.

From "The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory"

When Larry Christenson's right elbow required surgery in May, the Phillies reached into their productive farm system and pulled up a tall righthander from California, Bob Walk.

 

All he did was win his first six decisions and eight of nine to help keep the Phillies in the race.

 

Tonight, the youngster faced the biggest challenge of his infant career. The Phillies HAD TO beat the Cubs for the fourth night in a row in order to go into Montreal dead even in the standings. A loss would drop the Phils one game behind with three to go, tough odds in an enemy park.

 

Walk yielded a run in the first on a walk, stolen base and Bill Buckner's RBI single to center. He then pitched brilliantly until lifted in the eighth.

 

Both Walk and Marty Bystrom have ability but maybe even more than that, they have a lot of belly.

 

Walk saw a Cub perched on third with one out in the second and another enemy on third with no outs in the seventh. Neither scored.

 

Rookie Randy Martz was super until Mike Schmidt came up in the fourth. He sent one of Martz' pitches over the center field wall. The homer, his 11th since Sept. 1, was his 46th for the year,a new Phillies season record.

 

Bill Caudill came on in the seventh. He gave up the second run when Keith Moreland singled home Del Unser, who had doubled.

 

Steve Dillard's error helped the Phillies score a pair of unearned runs in the eighth, runs which proved to be decisive.

 

Getting back to Walk, he got in a bit more hot water with two on and one out in the eighth. Dallas Green motioned to the bullpen with his left arm... enter Tug McGraw.

 

McGraw's magic worked again as he got Larry Biittner to bounce into a double play. A Schmidt error and double gave Chicago a run in the ninth but Tugger came right back with three straight outs to send the Phillies to Montreal and the end of the season.

Quotes

"Every game seems like the last game of the World Series to me now. Every inning just seems more intensified. I'm an emotional player, maybe too emotional at times. I get excited about all this." - Keith Moreland

 

"I'll tell you one thing- we've played pretty damn good baseball for a long time with our backs against the wall. And with some driving, we've gotten the job done." - Dallas Green

 

"It's even-steven going in there now. Whoever wants the division is just going to have to eat the fastest." - Tug McGraw